About Eriro Foundation
It was founded to respond to the challenges facing the fishing community in Uganda especially as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We focus on the most vulnerable, the orphans, and this forms the core of all our programs design and activities.
With a mission “To empower people in fishing communities through supporting people-centered health, social and economic activities for sustainable livelihoods,” we carry out activities in the program areas as outlined below.
- HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Support
- Education support to orphans and other vulnerable children
- Livelihood support, enhancement and sustainability
- Water and Sanitation improvement
According to USIAD, during the 30 years of the global HIV epidemic, an estimated 17 million children lost one or both parents due to AIDS. Ninety percent of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa.
In fishing communities in Uganda where we work the situation is a perfect example of this deplorable situation. Fishing areas are characterised by risky activity which result in high HIV/AIDS and other STIs prevalence rates among sex workers and fishermen.
By continuing the fight against HIV/AIDS we shall be contributing to reserving to the terrible suffering for those who get sick as well as children who end up as orphans.
The purpose of project is to reduce new HIV infections through raising awareness on HIV/AIDS, promoting preventive mechanisms like condom use, encourage testing and promote behavior change. We shall also promote health service seeking behaviors for example periodic testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
The project will create a knowledge base in the community by training and facilitating “Community Resource Persons” that will be supported by a well organized referral system to other service agencies that provide treatment and ongoing care for people who test positive for HIV and TB among other services. The project also will design alternatives with women involved in commercial sex as well as find ways fishermen can engage meaningfully when they are away from the fishing activity.
Our target audience with be
-in school and out of school youth
– Sex workers